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Another price increase on Fujifilm photographic films coming next month


Fuji film price increase Another price increase on Fujifilm photographic films coming next month

Today Fujifilm announced another “substantial“, at least double digit price increase on Fujifilm photographic films effective from April 2013 onward. Just a reminder that in May last year the company already had a 20% across the line price increase on black and white, color negative, and color reversal films in the US. If you are shooting film, check the current Fujifilm offering and pricing at B&H and Adorama.

 

FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will implement a worldwide price increase for its photographic films. The price increases are substantial and it would be an increase of at least double digit, but will vary depending on products, markets and regions.

1. Products: Photographic Film: Color Negative Film, Color Reversal Film, Black and White Film and Quick Snap.

2. Date of Price Increases: Effective from April 2013 onward

The demand for film products is continuously decreasing and the cost of production, such as raw materials, oil and energy, continues to rise or stays at a high level and cost increase associated with lower volume becomes much serious. Under such circumstances, despite our efforts to maintain the production cost, Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs during the production process and is forced to pass on price increases.
To sustain its photo imaging business, Fujifilm has decided to increase the price of photographic films.
Fujifilm remains committed to photographic products despite its price change.
The new pricing structure will be applied to each market based on its individual conditions.

Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2013/03/22/another-price-increase-on-fujifilm-photographic-films-coming-next-month/#ixzz2ORzTMI5N

Photog Captures Time in Stunning Color Pictures Using a Pinhole Camera

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When Matthew Allred isn’t teaching photography to his students at the University of Utah, he’s out creating incredible works of photographic art with the simplest of tools; the pinhole camera.

Allred calls his process ‘Heliography’, a term first coined by pioneering French photographer Joseph-Niépce in 1822 to describe his photographic invention. Allred’s process is not too dissimilar from Niépce in the fact that he constructs his own cameras and even goes as far as formulating his own chemistry for the task.

He describes Heliography as:

A photographic process that utilizes pinhole cameras and ultra long exposures, ranging from 24 hours to 6 months. The resulting images are landscapes which feature the path of the sun. In the longer multi-month exposures the Sun’s path can be seen shifting with the seasons.

Check out this stunning example which not only captures the Sun’s arc, but its reflection on an office building too:

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Earlier today we showed you ultra fast, high-definition photographs of the Sun. Allred’s Heliography work is a very different take on the same subject. In his artist statement, which can be read in full on his website, Allred makes an important point about photography and the capturing of time. When photographers want to capture tiny snippets of time they turn to the latest in technology, whereas when a long exposure is needed, they’ll resort to the most basic forms of photography such as a pinhole camera.

Jessops Camera Chain in Administration

Troubled High Street camera retailer Jessops has gone into administration, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) appointed as the administrator.

In recent years, it has been hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers.

Jessops, which was founded in Leicester in 1935, has 192 stores in the UK and employs about 2,000 staff.

The administrators said that it was “inevitable” that some stores would have to close.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20958659

End of the Road: Zeiss Ikon Rangefinders To Be Shuttered

 

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After bidding farewell to the Super Wide and Silver editions of its Zeiss Ikon 35mm rangefinder earlier this year, Cosina is officially saying goodbye to the last of the Zeiss Ikons, relegating the whole line to the history books. The news, which began as a rumor based on this tweet by one of Cosina’s retailers, has since been confirmed by The Phoblographer with the company itself.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Zeiss Ikon, all three now-discontinued models were M-Mount alternatives to Leica’s M bodies. They were introduced at Photokina 2006, and the silver and black editions soon built up a sparkling reputation due to their exceptional build quality and bright viewfinder (the Super Wide had no viewfinder).

Film enthusiasts who couldn’t afford a Leica found themselves with a high-quality alternative that was still fully compatible with all of their favorite M-Mount lenses.
Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/09/end-of-the-road-zeiss-ikon-rangefinders-to-be-shuttered/#3oBBClGDJpL8AHUQ.99

Cornel Lucas, Photographer Whose Portraits Defined Film Stars, Dies at 92

Cornel Lucas, a British portrait photographer who created defining images of Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a host of other celebrities during the 1950s and ’60s, when publicity photos were the lifeblood of the star-making process, died on Nov. 8 in London. He was 92.

Considered a master of lighting and the 10 by 12 plate camera, Mr. Lucas also took publicity photos of David Niven, Stewart Granger, Joan Collins, Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Cyd Charisse and Lauren Bacall.

He photographed Ms. Bacall in 1958, shortly after her husband, Humphrey Bogart, had died. She gave Mr. Lucas her trademark look for the portrait — “that eyes-lowered pose she would do in photographs and films,” he said — though in Mr. Lucas’s picture there are emotional shades of darkness in her gaze rarely captured in her films.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/arts/cornel-lucas-photographer-whose-portraits-defined-film-stars-dies-at-92.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Kodak may exit bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company

Kodak film is dead Kodak may exit bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company

Bloomberg reports that Eastman Kodak have arranged $793 million in financing in order to exit from bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company. One of the condition for the funding is the sell of Kodak’s patents for $500 million.

 

Here is the press release:

Kodak Agrees to $793 Million in Interim and Exit Financing
Agreement with Centerbridge, GSO, UBS and JPMorgan Sets Kodak’s Path to Emergence from Chapter 11 in the First Half of 2013

ROCHESTER, N.Y., November 12 – Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it has entered into a commitment letter to secure $793 million in Junior Debtor-in-Possession Financing with Centerbridge Partners, L.P., GSO Capital Partners LP, UBS and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide the company with additional case financing and establishes the ability to convert a substantial part of the facility into exit financing, enhancing its liquidity and securing a major component of the company’s exit capital structure. This financing is a key element in the steps to enable the company to successfully execute its remaining reorganization objectives and emerge from Chapter 11 in the first half of 2013.

Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2012/11/12/kodak-may-exit-bankruptcy-and-continue-as-a-commercial-printing-company/#ixzz2CHEcIYhK

Kodak reports loss of $312 million

It seems like Kodak is having a hard time figuring out how to getting its finances back in the black. Kodak has announced its 3rd quarter financial results, and the numbers aren’t pretty — they’re downright ugly, actually. Despite raking in $1 billion over the three-month period ending in September (down 19% from the same period last year), the company still posted a net loss of $312 million (up from a loss of $222M during the same period last year).

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The company is currently trying hard to shed weight in its attempt to climb out of bankruptcy, selling off many of its longtime businesses (e.g. camerasfilmonline printing) in order to emerge at the end as a commercial printing company.

To put the 3-month loss of $312M in perspective: when Kodak sold its Gallery business and its 75M users to Shutterfly earlier this year, the price was only $23.8 million. The company burned through the money it made through that deal in less than a week.

 
Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/31/the-bleeding-continues-kodak-reports-loss-of-312-million/#GQimisXKZyxjfbBO.99

Increased sales – Ilford’s belief in print pays off

Harman, the manufacturers of the Ilford brand of black and white photographic products, has reported a growth in its revenue and profits after the company kept focusing on its print and paper productions.

Sales are said to have increased from £22.6m to £23.6m in the last year, with operating profits up to £2.2m from £1.9m the previous year, says the company.

Despite a global decline in demand for monochrome film and paper, Harman explained it had seen growth in its Ilford black and white division. Growth is mainly said to be driven by demand from North America, which accounts for over 40 per cent of export sales.

 

Read more: http://www.professionalphotographer.co.uk/News-and-Reviews/2012/10/Increased-sales-Ilford-s-belief-in-print-pays-off

 

 

A film photography mobile app from Kodak

Kodak’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year was certainly a shame, but it was no surprise.

The former photographic powerhouse famously ignored the digital revolution, and was subsequently forced to ditch its own efforts to gain traction in the digital camera market.

Now, however, Kodak is back with a bang…sort of, with the launch of a new mobile app aimed at those with a penchant for good old-fashioned film-based photography.

The Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak, to you and me) has rolled out its Kodak Professional Film app for iOS devices, bringing together the answers to some of its most commonly-asked questions about Kodak film. What are these? Well, ‘Where can I buy it?’ is one of them, while ‘How should I shoot it?’ and ‘Who can develop it?’ also get a look-in.

“We wanted to give photographers of all levels a resource, literally right at their fingertips, that helps them find film and recommendations about how to maximize each film’s performance,” explains Dennis Olbrich, General Manager, Film, Paper & Output Systems and Vice President, Consumer Business, at Kodak. “In addition, this app also provides information where customers can find film development services, so that no matter where photographers are, they can find a lab that uses Kodak chemicals and paper to bring their photography to life.”

It asks you key questions such as what type of film you’re looking for, while offering advice on what kind of film to use, if you don’t know.

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Read more at: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/10/25/forget-digital-kodaks-latest-mobile-app-is-for-all-you-film-based-photographers-out-there/